Life on Dirt Coming April 22nd!


Sixty years ago the United States Space Service was created and empowered to protect the potentially unlimited knowledge and wealth of space for the benefit of the whole of humankind. Guardians of fusion technology and everything above the atmosphere, the Space Service controls the flow of people, material, and information between Earth and the space stations, Luna, and Mars. Everyone in space is bound to the Space Service, and all spacers belong to the Service-mandated racial elite. The Space Service owns the stars—and it does not intend to share.

Seventeen-year-old Mara Duval, born in space, was destined to be part of humanity’s first mission to the moons of Jupiter, until a medical accident left her quarantined on dirt forever.

But dirt is not the blighted wasteland she’d been taught it was, and the Space Service is holding humanity’s future hostage behind a wall of lies. Now Mara is fighting back by transmitting videos of the truth to friends in space, speaking out whenever she can, and sharing technology and secrets with her Dirt ally Jael Alden, a young visionary determined to break through the Space Service’s racial barrier.

She knows she doesn’t have much time until the Space Service realizes what she’s doing and stops her. But until they do, Mara’s going to make the most of her life on dirt.


ON SALE APRIL 22, 2017

We’re #85 (Breaking into the Amazon Kindle top 100)

Evolved Publishing let me, and the rest of the world, know that Down to Dirt had made the Amazon Kindle Top 100 Sellers list. This is a fleeting honor – Amazon updates many times a day and the standings can change dramatically over the course of an average day. But I’ve never made the top 100 before, so I feel pretty stoked about it.

It’s difficult to quantify the impact of something so simple as being in the top 100, even if only for a few hours. However fleeting, it draws the attention of readers. No doubt the readers who care enough to check out the top 100 sellers or look to the top 100 for ideas on what to read next make up a very small fraction of the total number who visit the Amazon site at any given moment. But. If a few curious people follow the link and reads the description and the sample pages, there’s a good chance at least one will be intrigued enough to buy their own copy. Then, with any luck at all, they’ll like it enough to tell their friends about it, or mention it in social media, or – the holy grail for writers – post a review.

A reader’s review – one reader telling other honestly what she liked (or didn’t like) about a novel – has a greater impact on whether other people read the novel than any other single factor. So, yes, while #85 may not be impressive in the scheme of things, and even though the honor is fleeting, it’s still something I am – as I noted before – pretty stoked about.

To quote Evolved’s post:

Check out our latest Amazon TOP 100 offering: Down to Dirt by Kevin Killiany. This YA Science Fiction is a winner, as predicted by one prominent author:

Down to Dirt is YA hard science fiction with an attitude, full of technical details as engaging as the characters. I was immediately drawn into the story.” ~ Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Eternity’s Mind

Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#85 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Hard Science Fiction
#110 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
#128 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Hard Science Fiction

Grab yours today! ~ Down to Dirt on Amazon

Here’s Evolved Publishing’s post.